Awesome Turnout!

If you didn’t get a chance to swing by @chainsawsalon last night for the first KW Start-ups Recruitment and Information Session – you missed out!

A big thanks to Ernst & Young and Communitech for sponsoring the event and supplying all the beer and all-you-can eat poutine buffet.  Another Big thanks goes out to Redwoods Media for hosting this event and making it a huge success!   There were 9 start-ups present last night and over 160 local students from the University of WaterlooWilfrid Laurier, and Conestoga College. The students were given the opportunity to meet the Founders, CEO’s and CTO’s of many great startups!

If you missed the event – take a minute and check out these startups!

Redwoods Media (

InfiniDy Corp. (

tinyHippos (

Enflick (

Kik (

Cyborg Trading Systems (

Canadian Cloud Computing (

Skillter Inc. (

Miovision Technologies Inc. (

StudyMonkey (

Love for Community involvement

A big part of why the tinyHippos team is so successful is our love for community involvement.  Whether it is contributing to open source projects, speaking at conference or just demoing our product Ripple, the team loves to give back and spread the word on multi-platform mobile development!

Please join us to listen to our CTO, Dan Silivestru speak at Communitech’s new Mobile Peer2Peer series on February 23rd at the Communitech Hub at noon.  Sign up is free!

Topic: The native app…is it dying? With all the fragmentation in the mobile marketplace, building mobile apps largely means 1 app per platform… will the native app survive?  Are HTML5 Mobile apps the answer? With frameworks such as PhoneGap, Appcelerator,  and browser/cloud based development, testing and deployment tools… They just might be.

Hope to see you there!

Thank you Vodafone

A quick shout out to Vodafone to say thanks for recommending The Ripple Environment Emulator to your developers on your Developers Tool Page.  Check us out!

You can also spot us this month in the Vodafone  Monthly Developer Newsletter. Thanks Guys.  Also note that Vodafone has released six more countries across Europe including dates for their upcoming  Developer Dev Days Tour.  Keep your eyes out for the tinyHippo team as we will presenting at the Germany and The Netherlands events in November!

Communitech’s 2010 Tech Leadership Conference

Yesterday the tinyHippos team had the pleasure to attend Communitech’s 2010 Tech Leadership Conference held at Bingemans in Kitchener. You might have had the chance to stop by our booth for a demo and free hippo chocolates, or catch Dan Silivestru on the air chatting with 570 news’ Gary Doyle.

Communitech put on a great event and we had the pleasure of listening to some amazing keynote speakers such as Clayton M. Christensen, bestselling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, William C. Taylor who is the co-founder of FastCompany and bestselling author of  Mavericks At Work. Jeff Fedor the co-founder of ParkVu gave a great presentation on the topic of “The business of mobile app development”.

Here are the links to the 570 News segments.

1PM Communitech’s 2010 Tech Leadership Conference (Dan’s interview starts at 31 minutes and 25 seconds)
2PM Communitech’s 2010 Tech Leadership Conference

Ripple Updates

A lot is going on at tinyHippos Inc. and excitement is in the air. We are busy with new releases, new logos, and new support. We are also starting to sign up for some great mobile conferences in the fall. Stay tuned to our blog and we will let you know when and where you will be able to spot the Hippos in action and get a free personal demo! We also had the pleasure of an invitation to pitch our product to a group of investors (keep your eyes open for a blog about “The pitch adventure” from our CTO Daniel Silivestru).  Thanks to Communitech and our EIR Mark McArdle (@markmardle) for all your support!

If you haven’t noticed our new twitter avatar for Ripple (@rippleemulator) than check it out!   TinyHippos and Ripple have new looks to them and we are excited get your feedback on them.

A BIG thanks to CuteGecko for their amazing work.  We are thrilled with the new logos that they have created for us.

If anyone out there is looking for some amazing graphic and/or branding work – you should definitely check them out.  A must!

New Releases Posted:

V0.1.158 – June 7th, 2010

  • Bug fix: Persistence race condition, causing preferences to not save properly when widget first loaded.
  • Added update and welcome popup notifications to inform user of automatic updates.
  • Updated the Ripple logo.
  • Added ripple documentation. Can be found at

V0.1.137 – May 26th, 2010

  • JIL 1.2.1 – Added simple support for Widget.Device.DeviceStateInfo.AccelerometerInfo.
  • JIL 1.2.1 – Added support for config defined preferences.
  • JIL 1.2.1 – Added support for read-only config defined preferences.
  • Preferences are now widget specific. Preferences saved in one widget will not show up in another.
  • Minor CSS fixes for Notifications.

Perfecto Mobile – A Perfect Match!

We have had the pleasure of working with Perfecto Mobile as developers.  We feel that they are the perfect developer’s tool to use alongside the Ripple Emulator.  Where the Ripple Emulator allows the developers a look at what is under the hood of their widgets, Perfecto Mobile allows the developer to test their widgets on real devices.

Perfecto Mobile is a leading global provider of remote access and automated testing solutions for mobile devices. Perfecto Mobile’s Handset Cloud Service enables developers and testers located anywhere in the world to access and control a comprehensive range of the latest handsets over the web. Users can use the Perfecto Mobile service in order to develop, test, deploy and monitor their mobile widgets and services on a variety of real handsets operating in various live networks.

The Perfecto Mobile Handset Cloud

The Perfecto Mobile Handset Cloud system enables widget developers and testers to access and control a comprehensive range of REAL mobile devices operating in various live networks via the web. The system enables users to quickly and easily operate the phone keys, touch-screen, or QWERTY keyboard to control the device, upload and install widgets on the device and verify that the widgets or service works properly and displays correctly on the phone’s screen.

Using the system removes the logistical complexity and reduces the time and cost needed to develop, test and deploy mobile widgets.

Main system benefits:

  • Testing on real devices and watching the phone’s screen reacting in REAL time.
  • Fully web based UI. No software installation on your PC is needed.
  • Easy and fast installation of widgets on the remote devices.
  • No need to spend a lot of money on buying many devices for testing and porting.
  • Easier, quicker and more convenient collaboration, communication and problem recreation with other developers and testers utilizing the shared testing environment.
  • No logistical efforts involved in sending devices between various teams.
  • More effective testing process utilizing the PC environment and automated productivity testing features.
  • The ability to create Private Handset Clouds, providing web access to your devices for your ecosystem of vendors and testers.

Check out their website for more information

A New Week

Yes another release for The Ripple Emulator has been published this morning.  Some of the new features are:

  • Updated the way widget gets encapsulated and CSS styles applied. (Should fix some widget display bugs).
  • Fixed problem with JSON to ensure that internal version did not get overridden, by loaded widget.
  • Fixed OpenURL for both JIL and Opera.
  • Other small bugs were fixed.

Other events occurring this week that you might spot the tinyHippo’s at are:

Wednesday May 19th -Mobile QA Lunch & Learn hosted by Communitech, in partnership with the  Accelerator Centre.

Thursday May 20th – Waterloo Region Web Design and Technology Group hosted by Julia.

Rainy Days and Mondays

It’s the start of another eventful week at the tinyHippos headquarters. Here are some exciting news that we want to share with you:

  • If you have already downloaded our flagship product The Ripple Emulator , you will automatically receive the new release V0.1.26.  The team published the latest release last night.  If you do not already have it: click here to download!

The Week in Review

May is starting out to be an exciting month for tinyHippos and our Ripple Emulator.  After our Beta launch last week we now have developers out there using our product and giving us great feedback.  Thanks!  After a busy week, we’ve managed to push out three releases of Ripple this week.  Some of the changes include:

  • Support for Widget.Device.DeviceStateInfo.onScreenChangeDimensions and Widget.onMaximize callback functions being called when device orientation is changed (i.e. going from Landscape to Portrait).
  • Updated the demo widget
  • Added the What’s New panel
  • Updated PPI emulation to be optional, user must now select this feature.
  • Updated Persistence “clear all” to not remove Ripple application state info. (bug fix)
  • Added Options page with information on each release as well as providing helpful information.
  • Added link in the Ripple popup page to the Demo widget providing a step by step walk through the features available in Ripple (

Keep checking the Options page in Ripple for more releases to come.

We also want to send out a BIG THANKS to Vodafone for publishing a blog post about us on their Mobile Widgets blog. The blog informs mobile widgets developers about all the latest news relating to building, testing and publishing mobile widgets for Vodafone 360. Also check out the Vodafone developer website for even more helpful resources. Vodafone is one of the members of JIL along with Verizon Wireless, China Mobile Limited, and SOFTBANK.  Hey – if you are reading this and are from China mobile, SOFTBANK or Verizon…feel free to call on us for a personal demo!  We would love to show you.

That about wraps it up for us this week.  We will be working over the weekend to improve Ripple for you and answer any questions you may have – just give us a shout!

Ripple Beta Launch Party!

We finally did it.  After six month of hard(but exciting) work- our flagship product “The Ripple Emulator” is Launched!   Last night we got the chance to show off Ripple (after a few WIFI problems) to friends, family and fans.  I think the boys managed to get a few well deserved beers in there as well.

Thanks to everyone who showed up last night to celebrate with us.  We had a great time and hope you did too!

the tinyHippos team!

The Fan Club

Yummy Hippo Treats!



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